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Junior Weekly Wrap - Grand Final Edition

The Grand Final Edition of the Weekly Wrap is now available - Click here for this week's edition of the Weekly Wrap. Previous weekly wraps are available in the Weekly Wraps menu item in the Junior Football section.

Pictured is the back-to-back premiership winning U14 Comets team.

 

 

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Senior Round 18 Match Report

Jackettes fall at final hurdle

 

The Ajax Senior Football Division’s most successful team in season 2015 was the inaugural women’s team, the Jackettes. The girls played in the VWFL’s East Division Grand Final on Saturday night at Shepley Oval, but failed to overcome a much stronger Gippsland outfit, losing by 37 points.

 

A large Ajax crowd braved the conditions and made the trip to Dandenong. The girls were stunned in the opening quarter as Gippsland held them scoreless, taking a 26-point lead into the first break.

 

The Jackettes lifted their intensity in the second term and hit the scoreboard for the first time courtesy of a brilliant solo effort from Toni Hamilton.

 

The game continued its low-scoring trend with only three goals registered after half time, but unfortunately for the Jackettes they couldn’t make amends for their first quarter fade-out and eventually went down 2.2 (14) to Gippsland’s 7.9 (51).

 

Skipper Chelsea Fisher worked tirelessly in the midfield while Toni Hamilton kicked both of her team’s goals to finish second on the league’s goal-kicking table with 31 majors.

 

Earlier in the day the Seniors finished off their 2015 campaign with an inspired comeback win against Mazenod at Gary Smorgon Oval, ending the visitors run in Premier B.

 

The Jackas won 13.8 (86) to the visitor’s 11.8 (74), after trailing by two goals at three quarter time.

 

Jake Lew kicked a lazy seven goals, making it the sixth consecutive season an Ajax player has won the VAFA league goal-kicking award for their division.

 

Lew ended the season on 69 goals, ten more than his next rival. The result is just reward for his efforts over the last six years where he has often come runner-up to David Fayman who has claimed the previous five league goal-kicking titles.

 

It was a tight opening term with the wind slightly favouring the end Mazenod were kicking towards.

 

The visitors took a seven-point lead into the first break.

 

The Caplan brothers combined for the Jackas’ first with Brad finishing off nicely, but not to be outdone, Adam quickly showed his class, slotting his first of the afternoon from deep in the pocket.

 

Lew kicked consecutive goals before half time to give Ajax the lead for the first time of the afternoon.

 

Mazenod came out after the main break with a newfound confidence and turned the game on its head, piling on six unanswered goals to lead by as much as 29-points halfway through the quarter.

 

Some Adam Caplan brilliance and Lew’s fourth and fifth goal pulled the deficit back to 12 points.

 

Tensions flared after a distasteful response from certain crowd members when skipper Nick Marks suffered a head injury in a marking contest.

 

The incident seemed to spur the Jackas on as Marty Pask’s men found another gear, kicking five goals to one to eventually secure their tenth win of the season.

 

The Jackas finished on the same amount of points as Old Brighton in fourth but poor percentage ultimately kept them from finals action.

 

Earlier, the Reserves notched their fifth win of an otherwise disappointing season, trouncing Mazenod 25.13 (163) to 6.8 (44).

 

Speedy half forward Anton Ritterman kicked another bag of four, taking his season tally to 29, while Tom Rogers continued his strong finish to the year, also booting four in a dominant display from the midfield.

 

Vice-captain Ash Shenker kicked a goal in his final game while the Jackas boasted eight multiple goal-kickers, capping off an improved finish to the year winning three of their last four.

 

Aaron Fetter

 

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Senior Round 17 Match Report

Girls bound for Grand Final glory

Ajax’s women’s team the Jackettes have made history by securing a spot in the VWFL East Division Grand Final in just their first season, after they cruised past Rosebud 5.2 (32) to 9.9 (63) at Frankston Oval on Sunday.

The Club was represented in another final over the weekend, which unfortunately saw the Thirds (Blacks) overpowered by St Kevins to the tune of 36 points.

Meanwhile, the Seniors require a miracle to snatch a finals berth after they demolished a hapless Hampton outfit away from home. The win leaves them a game and 34% outside fourth spot.

A ten-goal masterclass from the Premier B goal-kicking leader Jake Lew and a best on ground display from David Fayman in the midfield led the Jackas to a 22.15 (147) to 11.12 (78) win.

The home side got the first on the board but Ajax responded quickly as Lew finished off some good work from youngster Brandon Joel.

Adam Caplan banged on two consecutive goals, both in typically impressive fashion. Lew was setup twice more and led the Jackas into quarter time with a 27-point lead.

It was a high-scoring second term with Ajax managing seven goals to the home side’s four.

Brad Caplan parked himself in the forward pocked and managed to hit the scoreboard on three occasions while Dave Fayman chimed in with two of his own.

The Jackas were relentless in the third term continuing to score freely while defenders Ben Kalmus and Daniel Cohen stood tall down back.

The home side kicked four final quarter goals but were out played on every line in a fiery finish that threatened to get out of hand.

Marty Pask’s men remained disciplined while Lew slammed on the final three goals of the game to finish with ten majors-a career-high.

The Jackettes broke the game open in the second term of their Preliminary Final against Rosebud, taking a commanding four-goal lead into half time.

Rosebud pressed hard in the third term but the determined Jackettes held firm to go into the final break with the momentum.

Five goals from Toni Hamilton sealed the 31-point win for the girls who play Gippsland in the Grand Final on Saturday night at Shepley Oval, Dandenong.

There was no such joy for the Thirds (Blacks) who were always behind the eight ball in their Preliminary Final against St Kevins, after a horror first quarter saw them seven goals behind. They staged a mini comeback in the third but were ultimately outclassed.

Eli Adelist finished with three majors including a goal of the year contender. The game also marked the end for club-favourite Joel Benjamin who announced his retirement after battling with injury.

The Reserves made it a successful trip to Boss James Reserve for the club recording their fourth win of a challenging season, holding off a persistent Hampton outfit to win 15.8 (98) to 10.9 (69).

Anton Ritterman moved inside the league’s goal-kicking top ten with three goals, while Daniel Janover-Rocha continued his strong 2015 form with another standout performance in the middle.

Olly Hoffman kicked two crucial late goals to secure the win for the Jackas.

 

Aaron Fetter

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MAN OF STEEL – A JOURNEY FROM ICU BED TO THE IRONMAN WORLD STAGE

Tuesday, October 29, 1991 – 07:50am. The moment that changed Rob Paterson’s life forever. 

Rob, aged 25, was midway through a 40km training ride down the Hume Highway when he was sent flying from his bike by a semi-trailer travelling at 110km/h. Fifteen minutes later Rob was in an ambulance on his way to Wodonga hospital. Immediately, he was rushed to the operating theatre for an exploratory laparotomy.

One minute training for an upcoming triathlon, the next minute on the operating table with his life hanging in the balance.

Having heard he’d come off his bike, Rob’s wife soon arrived, expecting only a broken arm or leg. Instead she was welcomed by doctors preparing to operate, mere seconds away from opening Rob’s abdomen.

“He might not make it”, they told her.

Two days (and more than 20 units of transfused blood) later, Rob was flown to The Austin in Melbourne where he spent 4 weeks in ICU. He was placed in an induced coma, underwent dialysis because of his failing kidneys, was treated for collapsed lungs and had to be resuscitated on 3 separate occasions.

Rob’s injuries were devastating and numerous – a depressed fracture of his skull, 7 breaks in his pelvis, and a dislocated elbow causing severe nerve damage to his hand. Worst of all, Rob suffered vertebral fractures at the T5, T6 and T12 levels, the lowest of which damaged his spinal cord to the point where he lost movement of his legs.

Here was a successful triathlete that pushed his legs further than most would care to imagine. Now, he would never push his legs again.

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Some might say Rob’s grit and determination can be traced back to his upbringing. As one of seven siblings raised in a housing commission area with an absent father, Rob became self-reliant from a very early age. Once a junior representative rugby league player, karate and surfing soon became his passion. At age 16, Rob moved out of home and ‘went off the rails’ for a period, leaving school in year 11 and eventually moving from Brisbane to the Gold Coast. There, Rob met his future wife, and the two of them moved to Melbourne.

Rob may have lacked a father figure in his formative years, but one man – his karate coach – made a lasting impression. He did this by introducing Rob to the sport of triathlon. Years later (and now living in Albury), Rob ran a gym and was competing in triathlon events. It was at this time that Rob’s fortunes took a turn for the worst, ‘waking up’ 3-and-a-half weeks after that fateful ride to find himself in The Austin ICU.

Whilst the road to recovery was extremely challenging, Rob never experienced an emotional breakdown. He chose to focus on short-term goals that would surmount to getting his life back on track, the first of which was getting out of rehabilitation as soon as possible. After 12 weeks on his back in an external pelvic fixator, Rob headed to the gym to regain lost strength. He flew through his rehabilitation program and was back home 3 months later, 9 months ahead of schedule.

Never one to indulge in self-pity, Rob chose not to surround himself with people of that mindset. With the great support of family and his innate determination to succeed, it wasn’t long before Rob was back training triathletes and getting himself fit in the gym and the pool.

That is not to say that adapting to life in a wheelchair wasn’t an emotional challenge. Rob admits to being horrified by his own reflection in shop windows the first time he went out in public in his wheelchair. Still today, Rob confesses that the accident isn’t something you ever get over fully. He misses the rush of adrenalin he used to experience in karate and other contact sports. He also loved to surf.

It wasn’t until 2 years ago that Rob returned to competitive sports. Having watched a friend compete in several triathlons, Rob set his sights on the IRONMAN event in Busselton, WA. The para-athlete version of the event features a 3.8km swim (unchanged), a 180km ‘bike’ leg in a modified hand-cranked cycle (the handcycle), and a 42.2km ‘run’ using a more conventional race chair.

He trained for over a year, pushing himself to his physical limits through exhausting sessions lasting as long as 6 hours. When the day finally came, Rob got off to a good start – completing the swim leg in one hour and twenty-four minutes. Unfortunately, partway through the bike leg Rob’s shoulder flared up. Knowing full well how important his arms were to every aspect of his life, Rob made the heart-breaking decision to pull out of the race.

Nevertheless, not even the disappointment of having trained so hard and failed could stop him. Little more than 6 months later Rob successfully completed his first full IRONMAN triathlon in Cairns, QLD. Being the qualifier event for the World Championships in Hawaii (and with only 1 spot on offer), Rob came second in his division, missing out by one position. Rob plans to return to Cairns later this year to again try to qualify for the World Championships.

“One way or another, I’m going to Hawaii… I’ve already bought the tickets.’”

 On the 14th of June, 2015, Rob Paterson won the Cairns IRONMAN in a time of 13 hours and 45 minutes. He will compete for the World Championship in Hawaii in October this year.

 By Jordan Bade-Boon

To support Rob in his quest to compete in Hawaii visit his mycause page at: https://www.mycause.com.au/page/105811/robshawaiianironman2015

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Senior Round 16 Match Report

Seniors thrashed, Jackettes and Thirds’ finals fever

Ajax’s Seniors were completely outplayed against second-placed St Bedes/Mentone on Saturday, suffering a harsh blow to their faint finals hopes in the 7.7 (49) to 20.25 (145) loss at Brindisi St Oval.

The defeat was the Jackas’ biggest of the season and pushes them two games and over 40% off fourth spot with two games remaining.

Adam Caplan kicked the game’s first goal in brilliant fashion but unfortunately for Ajax that would be the only highlight of the quarter.

St Bedes banged on the next five goals to take a 27-point lead into quarter time.

Eugene Routman added to Ajax’s injury woes after he succumbed to a hamstring injury and he was soon joined by midfielder Nick Lewis on the sidelines who came off with a shoulder complaint.

The Jackas didn’t fair too much better in the second term conceding six goals to three, and if it wasn’t for the home side’s inaccuracy the margin could have blown out further.

Caplan added Ajax’s second, yet another highlight to his growing 2015 collection with a classy snap on his left boot.

The margin at the start of the third term was 53 points but against the run of play Stuart Fayman kicked the Jackas’ fifth, before his brother David set up impressive youngster Dov Paltiel for his first senior goal.

St Bedes didn’t have it all their way in the third, winning the quarter by five points.

Ajax Coach Marty Pask demanded his players show a bit of pride and purpose in the final term, but the message fell on deaf ears as the Jackas were held goalless, eventually losing by 96 points.

Meanwhile the Reserves’ disappointing season rolled on registering the club’s second 90-point defeat of the day, losing 7.4 (46) to St Bedes’ 22.9 (141).

Anton Ritterman kicked three goals while Roi Abraham, Simon Roth and Adam Sekler fought hard all day.

The club was represented in two finals over the weekend with the Jackettes recording a convincing 6.15 (51) to 0.2 (2) win over Endeavour Hills on Saturday night.

Remarkably the girls kept the away side scoreless for three quarters and goalless for the game.

The midfield dominated the clearances led by Julia Caplan and Tamara Epshtein in the ruck while Toni Hamilton slotted three majors in the win that sees the Jackettes play off for a spot in the Grand Final next Sunday against Rosebud at Frankston Oval.

Rounding out a jam-packed weekend of Ajax football, the Thirds (Blacks) took it right up to the undefeated Old Xaverians on Sunday in a well-attended Semi-Final at Sports Cover Arena, but ran out of legs in the final term, eventually losing 6.2 (38) to 10.16 (76).

Skipper Zev Aron was inspirational and finished with three goals while Yossi Jedwab, Josh Jones and Jeremy Herz were their teams’ strongest performers.

Despite the loss, the Blacks receive a second chance after they finished in the top two and will face St Kevins on Sunday in a knockout Preliminary Final.

 

Aaron Fetter

Photo Credit: Benjamin Gordon

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Senior Round 15 Match Report

Match Report-Round 15 

Seniors surge towards September

 

Ajax’s late-season charge towards an unlikely finals berth gathered further momentum on Saturday, as forward-duo David Fayman and Jake Lew combined for 17 majors, in the 23.16 (154) to 4.6 (30) demolition of rivals Caulfield Grammarians at Gary Smorgon Oval.

 

The win still sees the Seniors a game and considerable percentage outside the top four.

 

Meanwhile the Thirds (Blacks) secured second spot on the ladder guaranteeing them a double chance in the finals, after they easily accounted for Fitzroy 7.6 (48) to Ajax 17.9 (111).

 

The Seniors were slow out of the blocks against Caulfield, conceding the opening two goals in quick succession, however from then on it was all one way traffic as the Jackas kicked the next seven goals to lead by 30 points at quarter time.

 

David Fayman and Jake Lew combined for Ajax’s first before Corey Jankie got on the end of some good work by the Caplan brothers.

 

Lew had his second after Alex Wollan delivered a perfect pass inside fifty, and not to be outdone, Fayman kick-started his afternoon with a brilliant effort from the pocket.

 

Lew slammed on two more of his own to have four goals to quarter time.

 

The rout continued in the second term as the Jackas kept the visitors goalless and piled on nine goals of their own.

 

Tempers boiled over as a fracas erupted inside Ajax’s forward fifty, eventually resulting in a Caulfield Grammarian player being sent off and a fifth goal for Lew.

 

With the visitor’s number one defender off the ground, Fayman and Lew cashed in sharing in the next five goals as the margin ballooned out to 79-points approaching half time.

 

Tensions flared again with Asher Burstin the recipient of three 25-metre penalties, gifting him his second goal of the day. 

 

The scoring rate somewhat eased in the second half with the Jackas managing seven goals to Caulfield’s two, extending their advantage well past 100 points and in the process making up for some much needed percentage.

 

The bottom-placed visitors had no answer to the sheer class and dominance of Lew who finished with eight goals, moving further in front as the league’s leading goal-kicker while Fayman produced some of his finest, finishing with nine of the best.

 

Jarryd Ludski was awarded best-afield honours for his tireless efforts in the middle.

 

The Jackas clash with St Bedes Mentone next week looms as an elimination final in the context of their season as the race for the top four heats up.

 

The Reserves finally broke their five-game losing streak, cruising to victory over Caulfield 7.5 (47) to 17.18 (120).

 

Dov Paltiel did as he pleased in a standout performance while Brandon Joel responded well to his Senior demotion to end up with a game-high seven goals.

 

The Jackettes were making the long trip to take on Gippsland but never made it there as their bus broke down. They finish the regular season in third spot and will play Endeavour Hills in a night Semi Final at Shepley Oval, Dandenong at 7pm on Saturday.

 

Yoel Rosenbaum was unstoppable in the Thirds’ 63-point win over Fitzroy, finishing with a nine-goal haul while Skipper Zev Aron chimed in with three of his own.

 

The Thirds will play for a spot in the Grand Final when they square off with the undefeated Old Xaverians at Sportscover Arena, Elsternwick at 9:20am on Sunday August 16.

 

 

Aaron Fetter

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Michael Ritterman J Air Interview

AJAX FC's First Legend Michael Ritterman speaks to J-Air

 

Michael Ritterman was named the first official Legend of the Ajax FC on the weekend.
J-Air's On the Ball program spoke to Michael about his career, the club, and the state of the game in general.
Listen here: https://soundcloud.com/jairradio/michael-ritterman-speaks-to-j-air-after-being-named-an-ajax-legend#t=0:00

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Senior Round 14 Match Report

Jackas suffer honourable loss to St Kevs

Ajax were by no means disgraced against the competition’s benchmark-St Kevins OB, despite going down 10.8 (68) to 16.13 (109) in a fiery clash at TH King Oval on Saturday.

Coming up against a team who boast an unblemished record in season 2015 and a handful of players with AFL and VFL experience, the Jackas took it right up to the home team, getting closer than most clubs have.

Star-on-baller Adam Caplan opened Ajax’s account in classy style before St Kevs answered back with two quick goals.

David Fayman looked back to his best snapping brilliantly from the boundary line, although he was quickly outdone by former Hawthorn Premiership player Stephen Gilham who leapt into the sky, arguably bringing down the mark of the year.

The Jackas went onto win the second quarter kicking three goals to St Kevins’ two, and it was the old prolific duo of Fayman and Jake Lew that led Ajax into half-time trailing by just seven points.

The game opened up in the third term and it didn’t take long for the ladder-leaders to flex their muscle, kicking four unanswered goals to extend the margin out past 30 points.

Youngster Brandon Joel kicked a goal against the tide-his first in a Senior jumper, while Adam Caplan slotted his second shortly after.

Lew brought the margin back within five goals on the stroke of three quarter time with his second, as the Jackas set themselves for a season-defining final quarter.

Ajax’s challenge was firmly met by a defiant and clinical St Kevins outfit, who eventually ran out 41-point winners.

David Fayman returned to form with a four-goal haul while first year players Jake Kalmus and Justin Berkowitz were named in the best.

The loss still sees Ajax two games and hefty percentage outside the top four and while they are still mathematically a finals chance, they will have to win their remaining four games and rely on other results to go their way.

Meanwhile, the Reserves slumped to their fifth straight defeat, losing 6.10 (46) to St Kevins 22.11 (143). Ash Shenker toiled hard down back while usual suspects Nadav Greenberger and Daniel Janover-Rocha were named their team’s best players.

It was better news for the Jackettes who convincingly beat Endeavour Hills FC 55-16. Lexi Mand played a breakout game in the ruck while Toni Hamilton continued her strong goal-kicking form with five majors.

The road to finals has well and truly begun for the Thirds (Blacks) who are eying a top two finish after Eli Adelist kicked a goal in the dying seconds to secure a monumental six-point win over Old Trinity on Sunday.

The match will go down in Ajax Football Club history as it marked the first time four brothers played together in the same team. Daniel, Benji, Josh and Jacob Jones made their pipeline dream a reality as their proud family watched on.

 

Aaron Fetter

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Marty Pask J Air Interview

Senior Coach Marty Pask 'On the Ball'

Days after extending his tenure at the club, Senior Coach Marty Pask spoke with the team from On the Ball. 
Have a listen here: https://soundcloud.com/jairradio/marty-pask-speaks-to-j-air-after-extending-his-tenure-at-ajax-fc

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Senior Round 13 Match Report

Three-point thriller keeps Jackas in finals frame

Ajax’s late-season finals charge gathered further credibility on the weekend when they hung on against the fourth placed Old Brighton Grammarians, winning 6.11 (47) to the visitors 5.14 (44) at Gary Smorgon Oval on Saturday.

The result sees them a game and substantial percentage outside the top four, with a two game buffer on sixth place.

The Jackas kicked with a three to four goal wind in the opening term and looked up for the contest early, banging on the first three majors in quick succession.

Skipper Nick Marks continued his strong form, kicking truly from the set-shot. Star utility Eugene Routman showed off his talent, registering the Jackas’ second shortly after.

Aided by the wind, Ajax looked dangerous each time they moved the ball inside their forward half.

Skilful youngster Jake Kalmus rolled through an opportunistic goal from the pocket before the competition’s leading goal kicker, Jake Lew earned a freekick from outside fifty, effortlessly converting, handing the Jackas a commanding 25-point lead.

Old Brighton looked destined to kick their first just before the quarter time siren, but a brilliant defensive effort by Jarryd Ludski and Jordan Bade-Boon on the goal line, kept the visitors scoreless in the first term.

It was an ugly scrap in the second quarter with neither team able to convert their chances in front of goal. Ajax added three points to their quarter time score, while Old Brighton still searched for their first major.

The visitors came out breathing fire in the second half, kicking three of the first four goals to get themselves within 13 points at the final break.

The Jackas were up against it in the final 25 minutes as Old Brighton had the wind at their backs. Ajax conceded the first four scoring shots which narrowed their lead to just three points with only minutes to play.

Old Brighton were on the charge and Ajax looked spent, but a remarkable tackling effort from Stuart Fayman inside the Jackas forward fifty followed by a 25-metre penalty, made the goal a certainty.

Fayman was bumped off the ball just seconds later, controversially earning him another shot at goal, only this time the kick was off line.

With seconds remaining, Old Brighton transitioned the ball from one end to the other, bringing the margin back to four points.

The nervous final moments were defused by the siren with the three-point win a massive boost for newly re-signed coach Marty Pask and his team whose run home doesn’t get any easier, facing the unbeaten St Kevins away next Saturday.

Eugene Routman was named best on ground while Jake Lew was the only multiple goal kicker with two.

Meanwhile the Reserves’ winless run continued, as they put up a brave fight for a half against Old Brighton, losing 6.6 (42) to 12.13 (85). Anton Ritterman was once again amongst the goals finishing with three while Tom Rogers was the standout in the seven-goal defeat.

Aaron Fetter

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Senior Round 12 Match Report

Clinical Jackas cruise past Parkdale

Ajax Seniors returned from the mid-season break with a 16.8 (104) to 6.10 (46) win over old rivals Parkdale Vultures at Gerry Green Reserve on Saturday, keeping their finals hopes alive.

The victory ended a long run of losses at the ground and sees the Jackas move into fifth place on the Premier B ladder, two games outside the top four.

In his fifth game back from injury star forward David Fayman opened the Jackas’ account and the visitors soon had two on the board after Adam Caplan set sail from outside fifty.

Parkdale registered their first major of the afternoon shortly before the quarter time siren.

Ajax were slow out of the blocks in the second term conceding the first two scoring shots that consequently saw them lose the lead, however Adam Caplan continued his stunning 2015 form kicking his second, putting the Jackas back in front.

Jake Lew recovered from a quiet start to kick back-to-back goals, extending the lead to 17 points halfway through the second term.

Ajax’s midfield began to assert their dominance in and around the contest with Nick Lewis and Brad Caplan the main driving forces.

Youngster Jake Kalmus earned a free kick deep in the pocket and calmly popped it through for his first senior goal.

Lew added his third for the quarter on the half time siren as the Jackas went into the main break holding a comfortable 29-point advantage.

Parkdale’s home crowd finally had something to cheer about when they kicked the first of the second half but their excitement was short lived as the Jackas maintained their dominance posting a six-goal to two third term, with the Caplan brothers running riot.

Coach Marty Pask demanded his players write their own history in the final term, aware of the club’s past struggles against Parkdale on their ground.

Jake Lew heeded that call early in the final stanza kicking his fourth and fifth goal in quick succession moving him six clear on top of the VAFA Premier B goal-kicking table with 39.

The Jackas ran out 58-point winners. David Fayman returned to some form with three goals while Adam Caplan, Jarryd Ludski and Ben Kalmus were amongst the best.

Meanwhile the reserves frustrating season rolled on, losing a game that was theirs for the taking at three quarter time, eventually finishing 7.13 (55) to Parkdale 11.15 (81).

Creative half forward Anton Ritterman took his season tally to 14 with four goals while Daniel Janover-Rocha, Nadav Greenberger and Dov Paltiel worked tirelessly in the middle.

It was better news with the Thirds (Blacks) winning 11.11 (77) to St Kevins 5.8 (38). The result sees them move a game inside the top four with two home and away matches remaining.

Yoel Rosenbaum led the way up forward with three goals while Shimon New and Daniel Jones were rocks in defence.

A depleted Jackettes side were forced to split the points with Knox FC as they surrendered a 17-point lead at three quarter time to draw 3.11 (29) to 4.5 (29), conceding a point that levelled the scores in the dying minutes.

Dani Robinson impressed across half back while Julia Caplan once again contributed strongly in the midfield. Lexi Mand and Toni Hamilton were their team’s only goal-kickers, finishing with two apiece.

 

Aaron Fetter

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Blacks and Jackettes Match Report

Thirds down Carey in Sunday thriller

Only two Ajax teams took to the field on the weekend as the Seniors and Reserves made the most of the mid-season break.

The Thirds (Blacks) recorded a memorable win after they erased an 11-point deficit in the dying minutes to snatch victory in their 11.14 (80) to Old Carey 11.13 (79) match at Carey Sports Complex on Sunday.

The Jackas held onto an eight-point lead at quarter time after getting out of the blocks early, only to concede two late goals.

It was a tightly contested second term with neither team able to kick away to a substantial lead. Skipper Zev Aron and agile big man Daniel Wein were prime movers forward of centre for the Jackas in the first half.

Only one point separated both teams at the main break as the game delicately hung in the balance.

With more than half the team observing a religious fast day, naturally, player’s energy and effort was going to taper off in the second half.

Old Carey piled on consecutive goals and threatened to blow the Jackas away but the visitors did well to only trail by nine points at the final change.

Ruckman Ollie Greenberg began to get on top in the middle early in the fourth quarter, however play around the ground quickly turned into an ugly scrap as both teams tried desperately to effectively forge forward.

 The Jackas were fortunate to still be in the hunt as the home side failed to convert a number of scoring opportunities. With five minutes remaining Ajax required two goals. Star on baller Dov Paltiel hit the scoreboard courtesy of an assist from Wein and the Jackas’ sensed an unlikely comeback.

The next clearance went Ajax’s way as a Chaim Wellis-Stosser pass inside fifty missed its intended target, but fortuitously fell into Daniel Wein’s lap, 35 meters out directly in front.

Wein collected himself, put boot to ball and unconvincingly snuck it in, handing Ajax a one-point lead with under two minutes to go.

The Jackas held firm in the dying stages and as the siren sounded, jubilant scenes swept across the ground. The win has the thirds only marginal percentage outside the top four.

Meanwhile Ajax’s women’s team the Jackettes suffered a rude awakening when they copped a 2.1 (13) to 18.14 (122) belting against Gippsland, who beat the girls by over 100 points for the second consecutive game.

Danielle Shmerling kicked both of the Jackettes’ goals while Julia ‘Hotties’ Caplan was the clear best on ground in the deflating result.

 

Aaron Fetter

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Alex Wollan J-Air Interview

Wollan On The Ball

Classy youngster Alex Wollan joined the team from J-Air’s On the Ball program on Monday night to discuss his promising recent form in the Seniors and a goal of the year contender that he kicked in the weekend’s 48-point win over Fitzroy. Have a listen back to Alex’s chat via the link below:

 

https://soundcloud.com/jairradio/alex-wollan-relives-his-freak-goal-with-j-airs-on-the-ball-team

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Senior Round 11 Match Report

Wollan rises in win over Roys

 

An inspired first half blitz by Ajax has seen them comfortably down Fitzroy 13.14 (82) to 4.10 (34) at Gary Smorgon Oval on Saturday.

 

The win moves them into sixth place, two games adrift of the top four and sees them head into the mid-season break with much needed momentum.

 

Classy youngster Alex Wollan kicked the Jackas off to the perfect start after he converted from directly in front. Fitzroy struggled to get their hands on the ball early and the task intensified as a strong home crowd seemed to lift the Jackas as AJ Thurin brilliantly added their second.

 

Wollan was in everything in the opening 20 minutes and without question put his hand up for a goal of the year contender with a magical finish from the boundary line. Jake Lew’s deft touch set up the silky left-footer and from deep in the pocket Wollan worked the angles to perfection dribbling it through for a goal.

 

The Jackas went into the quarter time huddle three goals in front after dominating play in the first half hour.

 

The Ajax faithful got a look into the future as second-gamer Justin Berkowitz calmly slotted his first senior goal early in the second term. There were ominous signs for the visitors as star duo Eugene Routman and Dave Fayman began to impact the play while Lew continued to wreak havoc up forward, brilliantly snapping his fourth of the quarter.

 

A near perfect first half turned sour only moments before the siren as Ajax defender Daniel Cohen was believed to be struck off the ball, outraging onlookers. It fueled an emotional and aggressive response from both players and supporters as tempers flared and threatened to boil over.

 

The umpires took control of the situation and the Jackas with their tails up went into the half time break having kicked nine unanswered goals for the half, leading by 54 points.

 

Fitzroy kept Ajax from scoring early in the third, however it took them until the 20th minute of the quarter to register their first goal of the game.

 

Lew’s sixth major moved him two goals clear on top of the Premier B goalkicking table. Routman enjoyed his best match of the season while Wollan’s breakout game was rewarded with best afield honours.

 

Ajax ran out 48-point victors led by Lew’s half dozen while Berkowitz, Fayman and Wollan each kicked two.

 

Meanwhile the Reserves continued to disappoint and were on the receiving end of a 6.3 (39) to 15.14 (104) thrashing against Fitzroy. Michael Feiler bobbed up with three goals while Ash Kalb and Dov Paltiel were their team’s best, in impressive performances across half back.

 

The Ajax Thirds (Blacks) were by no means disgraced against the outright flag-favourites Old Xaverians in their 14.10 (94) to 10.8 (68) loss on Sunday. Skipper Zev Aron and Jones brothers Josh and Benji were among the Jackas’ best players.

 

To cap off a mixed bag of weekend results, the Jackettes convincingly knocked off top of the table Rosebud on their home turf to register a 9.8 (62) to 3.3 (21) win. Vanessa Mrocki continued her strong goalkicking form with a bag of five while Toni Hamilton kicked three majors in a best on ground performance.

 

 

Aaron Fetter

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J Air Interview with Chelsea Fisher

A chat with Chelsea

Jackettes Skipper Chelsea Fisher spoke with the crew from J-Air Radio's On the Ball program on Monday night about the team's progress in their inaugural season. The Jackettes currently sit second on the VWFL East Division ladder after they comfortably accounted for Endeavour Hills on the weekend by 37 points. Next round looms to be the Jackettes' biggest challenge as they take on ladder-leaders Rosebud. Have a listen back to Chelsea's chat via the link below: 

https://soundcloud.com/jairradio/jackettes-skipper-chelsea-fisher-speaks-to-on-the-ball-after-yet-another-win

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Senior Round 10 Match Report

Jackas held off at home

Ajax has slumped to its sixth loss of the season after falling agonisingly short against Old Melburnians at Gary Smorgon Oval on Saturday. The 6.13. (49) to 7.10. (52) defeat sees them lose ground on the top four, now two games adrift.

The list of senior debutants climbed to eight for season 2015, after Justin Berkowitz and Brandon Joel were called up on the back of promising form in the Reserves. The task at hand loomed greater before the opening bounce with important forward Jake Lew a late withdrawal with knee soreness, placing a heavier reliance on David Fayman who returned from a foot injury a couple weeks ago.

Not for the first time this season Ajax were wasteful in front of goal kicking five behinds in the first quarter. It was a hotly contested opening with neither team able to find time or space.

Minutes ticked by in the second quarter and the home side was still searching for their first goal. David Fayman appeared to be in for a tough day with multiple opponents hanging off him every time the Jackas went forward, however courtesy of some great play from Jarryd Ludski, Fayman in brilliant fashion registered his and the teams’ first.  

The Jackas continued to dominate possession and consecutive goals from rangy forward Richie Simon pulled the home side out to a 13-point lead. First gamer Justin Berkowitz was instrumental in setting up Simon’s first before the left-footer went solo and snapped another in a productive few minutes.

Ajax’s efforts in the second term were rewarded with a 17-point buffer at the main break, however the 3.10. to 1.5. score line exhibited both sides’ inaccuracy.

It was panic stations in the third quarter for Ajax as they failed to maintain their ascendency, with Old Melburnians holding them scoreless. A costly turnover only seconds before the three quarter time siren handed the visitors a three-point lead heading into the final stanza. 

A packed Albert Park was filled with great intensity and anticipation throughout the fourth quarter as both teams went goal for goal.

It was a tight and tense finish however missed opportunities proved costly as the Jackas eventually went down by three-points. The loss leaves them in seventh position and behind the pack vying for a finals spot.

Geoff Measey was a solid contributor all day in his 150th game along with Asher Burstin, while David Fayman finished with three goals.

Meanwhile the Reserves had a day to forget going down to Old Melburnians 3.6. (24) to 16.24 (120). The 96-point loss wasn’t the only disappointment with only one on the bench after three quarter time as injuries continued to take their toll.

The Thirds (Blacks) held on for a stunning one-point win against Mazenod away. The 12.9. (81) to 12.10 (82) victory sees the Jackas only percentage out of the top four with momentum building. Daniel Wein was prolific in front of goal kicking five goals.

The weekend finished on a bright note for the club as the Jackettes stamped their authority on the competition with a convincing 9.14. (68) to 4.7. (31) win over Endeavour Hills, which sets up a top of the table clash next week against ladder-leaders Rosebud.

Vanessa Mrocki kicked three goals while Toni Hamilton continued her strong form with two majors.

 

Aaron Fetter

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J Air Radio Interviews

Kalmus Clan Create Jackas History

It was a historic day for the Jackas on Saturday as the game against Caulfield Grammarians marked a significant club first. Three brothers, Ben, Josh and Jake Kalmus all played alongside each other in the senior team for the very first time. A very proud father and club legend Mark Kalmus watched on with his family as the boys were instrumental in setting up the 20-point win.

The oldest of the brothers, Ben, spoke with J-Air Radio’s On The Ball program on Monday night and explained what it was like to create Ajax history with Josh and Jake. The interview in full can be listened to via the link below.

https://soundcloud.com/jairradio/ben-kalmus-speaks-to-on-the-ball-after-making-history-with-ajax-fc

Senior Players Selected in VAFA Rep Squads

The club wishes to congratulate senior players Nick Lewis and Dean Rotenberg on their selections in the VAFA’s initial U19 Big V Squad that will play against AFL Victoria Country U19s on 11 July in Bendigo. Nick and Dean have been a critical part of the Ajax Senior team over the last couple seasons and their rapid development and strong performances have been justly rewarded. They both spoke with J-Air Radio’s On The Ball Program on Monday night. The interview in full can be listened to via the link below.

https://soundcloud.com/jairradio/nick-lewis-and-dean-rotenberg-on-on-the-ball

 

Star forward Jake Lew was also recognised for his excellent first half of the season with selection in the initial Premier B – Division 4 Squad that will play against the AFL Victoria Country No. 2 team on 11 July in Bendigo. 

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Senior Round 9 Match Report

Jackas cruise home in Caulfield clash

A spirited Ajax Senior side has held off a fast-finishing Caulfield Grammarians to secure an important 15.12 (102) to 12.10 (82) victory, in a historic day for the club on Saturday at Glen Huntley Park Oval.

Ajax returned from the bye round desperate to make amends after their costly slip-up against Hampton in round eight pushed them dangerously towards the lower rungs of the Premier B ladder.

The game marked a significant club first as three brothers, Ben, Josh and Jake Kalmus all played alongside each other in the senior team for the very first time.

Ajax went into the first break ten points behind the bottom-placed Grammarians, despite having an equal amount of scoring shots as the home side.

The second term was dominated by the Jackas who piled on eight goals to two in a blistering display that saw them head into the half time break with a commanding 26-point lead.

The potent forward setup of David Fayman in the goal square, Jake Lew hovering around the fifty and Richie Simon and Dean Rotenberg at their feet, caused headaches for Caulfield as the boisterous Jackas crowd found full voice.

A slight wind advantage favoured the Neerim Road end as the home side began their charge, zapping Ajax’s momentum, narrowing the margin to five points at the final change.

The Jackas’ energy and intensity dropped off dramatically around stoppages and on occasions the forwards failed to account for the attacking running of Caulfield’s half backs, who made them pay, hitting the scoreboard twice.

Heading into the final term less than a goal in front, Ajax would have been conscious of their 2-6 fourth quarter record. The youngest of the Kalmus trio, Jake, continued his productive afternoon however a few squandered opportunities in front of goal kept the door ajar for the home side.

The deciding quarter was full of momentum shifts, until Richie Simon snapped his fourth goal, seemingly handing Ajax the ascendency. Caulfield quickly answered getting back within ten points.

In true Ajax fashion, skipper Nick Marks stood tall and burst through a crowded pack kicking the sealer, capping off a best on ground performance.

Corey Jankie’s individual brilliance put the result beyond doubt as Ajax ran out 20-point winners, with dangerous forwards Lew and Dave Fayman only combining for three goals, exhibiting the Jackas’ ability to win without heavily relying on them.

Meanwhile the Reserves made it two on the trot as they worked into promising form in their 12.19 (91) to 6.8 (44) win over Caulfield’s seconds. Alex Wollan responded in explosive fashion to his seniors’ demotion, with a dominant three-goal best afield display. Brandon Joel, Roi Abrahams and Justin Berkowitz did their chances for higher honours no harm.

It was a dirty day for Ajax teams competing on Sunday as the club failed to register a win between the two Thirds teams and the Jackettes.

An undermanned Reds outfit was never in the contest against ladder-leaders Old Xavier, while the Blacks missed a golden opportunity to solidify a top four spot, running out of legs in their 8.9. (57) to 9.12. (66) loss to St Kevins. The Thirds’ midfield battled manfully all day while Jordan Lipton, Daniel Wein and Dylan Rothschild were the multiple goalkickers.

Ajax’s women’s team the Jackettes were handed a rude awakening, suffering the biggest loss of their short history in the 2.3. (15) to 18.8. (116) demolition at the hands of the visiting Gippsland outfit, who the Jackettes beat only two weeks ago.   

 

Aaron Fetter

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Senior Round 8 Match Report

Seniors Stumble at Home

Ajax has missed an opportunity to head into the bye round in the top four, after they faded badly losing 8.13 (61) to 13.11 (89) in their clash against Hampton Rovers at Gary Smorgon Oval on Saturday.

A host of big-name players returned and after last round’s surprise win over third placed Brighton, optimism was high.

All seemed to be going to plan early as Jake Lew began his 100th game in style, registering the game’s first, on the back of a remarkable effort from within the centre square. Corey Jankie added the Jackas’ second soon after and the lead moved swiftly past three goals courtesy of a great snap by Jarryd Ludski.

Hampton’s first goal was quickly answered by brilliance we are quickly becoming accustomed to from AJ Thurin, however the Seniors failed to take full advantage of their dominance, squandering a number of opportunities finishing the quarter 4.7 (31) to 1.0 (6).

In the second term the visitors used the wind advantage to great effect keeping the listless Jackas scoreless while piling on six goals of their own, capping off their dominant quarter with a 14-point lead at half-time.

Once again coach Marty Pask demanded a response from his players however a string of undisciplined acts gifted Hampton the opening goal of the term and set Ajax a real task to get back into the contest.

 Lew was up for the challenge slotting his second and finally the moment that all Jackas fans were waiting for arrived when David Fayman weaved in and out of traffic to kick his first of the year in his return match after a pre-season foot injury sidelined him.

The momentum continued to swing as Lew let fly from long range, kicking Ajax into the lead and his third. Stuart Fayman got into the action putting Ajax’s eighth major on the board as they went into the final break holding a nine-point advantage.

The Jackas’ run of fourth quarter fadeouts showed its head again as the visitors completely overran the hapless home-side handing them a 28-point loss to mull over during the bye round.

Meanwhile the Reserves celebrated their first win of the season in emphatic style over the Rovers recording a 97-point victory. Richie Simon returned from injury and looked a class above bagging six goals while Anton Ritterman bobbed up with four. Roi Abrahams was best on.

There were mixed results for the Thirds on Sunday as the Blacks cruised home to an important 55-point win over Fitzroy. Eli Adelist kicked four goals in a best afield display while only percentage now separates them and the top four. The Reds were handed another thumping this time at the hands of Old Trinity.

The weekend was capped off on a positive note with the Jackettes’ long trip to Gippsland a successful one. Toni Hamilton kicked three goals in the 26-point win that moves the women’s team into second spot on the ladder.

 

Aaron Fetter

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Senior Round 7 Match report by Aaron Fetter

Caplan Heroics Keep Jackas’ Season Alive

by Aaron Fetter

Ajax’s seniors snapped a three-game losing streak with a spirited come-from-behind victory against third placed Old Brighton Grammarians at Brighton Beach Oval on Saturday, reigniting their season.

Ajax surrendered a 12-point lead at half-time to trail by two points at the final break. Years full of promise finally materialised for Adam Caplan, as the 22-year old single-handedly wrestled the momentum Ajax’s way, kicking three phenomenal fourth quarter goals, capping off the nine-point win with best on ground honours and a career-high five goals.

The Reserves remain without a win, despite putting in their best performance of the season. Trailing by 22 points at three quarter time, the Jackas piled on the first three goals of the final stanza, getting within a goal of Old Brighton with plenty of time to play, only to run out of puff and eventually go down by 30 points.

For the second consecutive week in the seniors, AJ Thurin kicked the first of the game in brilliant fashion. Shortly after, Adam Caplan setup Jake Lew for his first and the Jackas had skipped away to an early 13-point lead.

Ajax controlled most of the play in the opening quarter, although two late Old Brighton goals undid some of the seniors’ hard work, narrowing the margin to just one point at the first change.

The home side kicked the first of the second term only for it to be answered by a brilliant piece of play by Dean Rotenberg. It evolved into a scrappy and physical quarter as both teams struggled to convert in-front of goal.

Approaching half-time second-gamer Jake Kalmus laid a desperate tackle close to goal, only for Asher Burstin to take the advantage and finish off the youngster’s good work. Ajax pinched another major before the siren as Adam Caplan marked from long range and slotted his first of the afternoon.

Ajax could ill-afford to sit on their two-goal lead in the second half as Old Brighton backed by their home crowd came out strongly, kicking three of the four goals scored in the third quarter, edging two points in-front at the final change.

The seniors received another trademark talking-to from coach Marty Pask and his stern words seemed to illicit an inspired response. Adam Caplan added to his growing 2015 highlight reel with a breathtaking effort on his non-preferred foot from deep in the pocket, only to better it moments later, all but icing the game with his fifth, a crisp finish on the run.

Jake Lew booted two goals, moving into equal top-spot on the league’s goal-kicking table with 24, whilst Asher Burstin impressed in his new role across half-back.

The nine-point win moves Ajax within striking distance of the top four and sets up a must-win clash with Hampton Rovers next Saturday at Gary Smorgon Oval, where a host of star players are expected to make their long-awaited returns from injury.

Next Matches - Saturday 30th May

Ajax Seniors and Reserves v Hampton at 2.00PM and 11.40AM at Gary Smorgon Oval, Albert Park.

Sunday 31st May

Ajax Thirds (Blacks) v Fitzroy at Gary Smorgon Oval, Albert Park at 11.40AM

Ajax Thirds (Reds) v Old Trinity at Trinity Grammar School Sporting Complex, Bulleen Road, Bulleen at 2.00PM

Ajax Jackettes x Gippsland at Tyers Recreation Reserve, Main Road, Tyers at 1.00AM

 

 

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